Once primarily the domain of the Christian right or the far left, home schooling is increasingly appealing to families that don’t consider themselves deeply religious or ideological.
There was a time when selecting a high school valedictorian was a straightforward affair: He or she with the top GPA in the class was appropriately crowned, and tasked with delivering the Big Speech. But these are hypercompetitive times, and while many high schools in the South Bay and beyond still abide by the old tradition, more and more are taking another approach.
The Sandy Hook massacre has cast a spotlight on a certain type of school-safety exercise that, until now, most K-12 schools didn't really have the stomach to adopt: the active-shooter drill.
A multitude of factors has caused California's relative standing in school spending to sink like a gold coin in a swimming pool. However, an infusion of money is on the way, thanks to two big game-changers.
Teachers and administrators at Palos Verdes High School were aware of the rumors swirling through the halls: a group of students were selling test answers to their peers.
It was 2006 when the pilot episode of "Top Chef" aired. At the time, the now-overcrowded culinary arts program at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington didn't exist.
Chet Pipkin is the most famous tech mogul you've probably never heard of, even though you've probably purchased some of his products. The founder of Belkin International dropped out of college to pursue his undying quest to be an entrepreneur. His parents never even attended high school.
Real estate agents use them to tout the desirability of neighborhoods. Parents monitor them to choose schools. Principals live and die by them. But the API, the cornerstone of California's K-12 accountability system, has suddenly vanished.
The tiny Centinela Valley Union High School District employs one of the most expensive superintendents in the state of California, if not the nation. But the district’s test scores remain the lowest among all 80 school districts in Los Angeles County.
“That places him above the president of the United States — the leader of the free world.”